Two foreign banks' representative offices have licences withdrawn

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has withdrawn the licences of the representative offices of Kookmin from South Korea and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

two foreign banks representative offices have licences withdrawn

Representative offices of Kookmin and Commonwealth Bank of Australia had their licences withdrawn

The two banks were tasked with completing procedures to stop operations of their representative offices in Vietnam. Seven days after the decision comes into effect, Kookmin and Commonwealth Bank of Australia will have to publish information about the SBV’s decision in three consecutive publications of a daily printed newspaper or on an online newspaper for seven working days. In addition, they have to display the decision at their representative offices.

There has been no information published by the SBV to explain the revocation, however, according to the representative of the Banking Supervision Agency under the SBV, there are three potential reasons, including a proposal from these banks themselves, violations, as well as bankruptcy.

Agricultural Bank of China Limited in Hanoi is an example for the first reason. Notably, in August 2018, the SBV Governor withdrew its licence following the bank's request. The reason was that the bank had already established a branch in Hanoi, making its representative office unnecessary.

Many foreign banks in Vietnam have been pumping more capital to expand their footprint and increase their share in the domestic market, especially in the retail banking sector.

Notably, Standard Chartered Vietnam in February 2019 completed its plan to raise charter capital from VND3.08 trillion ($133.9 million) to VND4.2 trillion ($182.6 million).

 

Earlier, Woori Bank Vietnam, a subsidiary of South Korea’s Woori Bank, also increased its capital by 53 per cent to VND4.6 trillion ($200 million).

NongHuyp Bank's Hanoi branch also raised capital from $35 million to $80 million after getting the nod from the SBV in 2018. In addition, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited received the permission of the SBV to increase its charter capital from $80 million to $100 million.

Another three banks, including Bank of China (Ho Chi Minh City branch), Industrial Bank of Korea (Hanoi branch), and Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited (Ho Chi Minh City branch), implemented capital hikes after getting approval from the Vietnamese central bank.

The market also saw a series of foreign banks enlarge their branch networks. Shinhan Bank, for example, opened three new branches and three new transaction offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Hanoi, Haiphong, Ha Nam and Binh Duong, beefing up its Vietnamese branch anh transaction office network to 36, whilst Malaysia's Public Bank Vietnam Ltd. also expanded its foothold by opening five more branches and transaction offices, raising the total to 18 outlets. VIR

Ha Vy

 
 

Other News

.
Moving from former adversaries to trusting and valued partners
Moving from former adversaries to trusting and valued partners
BUSINESSicon  07/07/2020 

Through candid dialogue, mutual respect, and a strong commitment to succeed by the leadership of both countries, Vietnam and the United States created a comprehensive partnership that identifies areas for both countries to work together.

EVFTA expected to give a lift to real estate sector
EVFTA expected to give a lift to real estate sector
BUSINESSicon  06/07/2020 

Many segments of the real estate market are soon expected to benefit from the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, which takes effect in August.

Whether Apple to build nest in Vietnam?
Whether Apple to build nest in Vietnam?
BUSINESSicon  07/07/2020 

Foxconn’s rush expansion in Vietnam raise nosy that whether Apple will choose the country as the place to build nest.

American groups make progress across Vietnam
American groups make progress across Vietnam
BUSINESSicon  06/07/2020 

Vietnam, as one of the fastest-growing economies in the ASEAN bloc, is becoming more appealing to American investors.

A dynamic and powerful ASEAN from the German perspective
A dynamic and powerful ASEAN from the German perspective
BUSINESSicon  06/07/2020 

Possessing key features that represent a snapshot of one of the most diverse, fastest-growing, and competitive regions, the ASEAN is an attractive economic region for not only German enterprises but also other European ones to invest in. 

Delving into specifics of amended business laws
Delving into specifics of amended business laws
BUSINESSicon  06/07/2020 

Businesses and investors are expected to access new positive changes when the amended Law on Investment and the amended Law on Enterprises take effect from January 1 next year.

Rays of sunshine in aviation clouds
Rays of sunshine in aviation clouds
BUSINESSicon  06/07/2020 

Amid serious impacts of COVID-19, there are hopeful points for the aviation sector on the back of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.

Trade kickstart with distinctive solutions
Trade kickstart with distinctive solutions
BUSINESSicon  06/07/2020 

Vietnam is boosting its diplomatic activities in hope of attracting more investment and expanding its trade in the global market, with many of the country’s major partners about to open their doors to the world again.

EuroCham proposes Gov’t to cut 50 per cent of registration fee for imported cars
EuroCham proposes Gov’t to cut 50 per cent of registration fee for imported cars
BUSINESSicon  06/07/2020 

The European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) proposed the Government to apply the 50 percent registration fee reduction to all automotive assembly firms, importers and dealers of new vehicles.

Shares to correct amid lack of positive news
Shares to correct amid lack of positive news
BUSINESSicon  06/07/2020 

The benchmark VN-Index on the Ho Ch Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE) gained 0.62 per cent to close Friday at 847.61 points.

P2P firms in Vietnam waiting for a sandbox
P2P firms in Vietnam waiting for a sandbox
BUSINESSicon  06/07/2020 

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending companies expect that the sandbox for fintech would eliminate unscrupulous businesses and help the market grow significantly.

Business outlook gloomy for firms based in Old Quarter of Hanoi
Business outlook gloomy for firms based in Old Quarter of Hanoi
BUSINESSicon  06/07/2020 

Many business owners in Hanoi’s famous Old Quarter are becoming increasingly concerned about the decline in customers, causing their revenue to sharply decrease, and resulting in many stores closing their doors following COVID-19 epidemic.

Auto dealers deemed main beneficiaries of registration fee cut
Auto dealers deemed main beneficiaries of registration fee cut
BUSINESSicon  05/07/2020 

Auto dealers have proved to be the biggest beneficiaries of the Government's move to introduce a 50% cut in car registration fees, and not car buyers, as expected, 

Nine more expressway contractors suspected of construction violations
Nine more expressway contractors suspected of construction violations
BUSINESSicon  05/07/2020 

Nine more former contractors have been accused of irregularities in the construction of a 139-kilometer-long expressway whose severe deteriotion was reported shortly after its opening in central Vietnam.

VASEP decries taxes on semi-processed and processed seafood
VASEP decries taxes on semi-processed and processed seafood
BUSINESSicon  05/07/2020 

Tax agencies have slapped many firms with a corporate income tax on semi-processed seafood products at 20%, while their products for exports or domestic consumption that are mainly processed, 

Domestic property market faces uncertainty
Domestic property market faces uncertainty
BUSINESSicon  05/07/2020 

The domestic real estate market is hoped to have growth in the fourth quarter of this year and before the Lunar New Year 2021 if, by this year-end, the domestic economy is restored to levels from before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hanoi moves towards approving construction of third Aeon Mall
Hanoi moves towards approving construction of third Aeon Mall
BUSINESSicon  05/07/2020 

The proposed construction of a parking lot and the Aeon Mall Hoang Mai Trade centre will soon be decided upon by the Hanoi People's Committee as Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved the adjustment of the city's construction planning.

Pork and oil prices key to keeping inflation in VN under control: experts
Pork and oil prices key to keeping inflation in VN under control: experts
BUSINESSicon  05/07/2020 

With huge inflation pressure on the way in the remaining months of this year, a close watch must be kept on the prices of key products like oil and pork to hit the goal of keeping inflation below 4 per cent, experts have said.

Market stagnant, real estate firms struggle
Market stagnant, real estate firms struggle
BUSINESSicon  07/07/2020 

Real estate firms have had to struggle to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused the loss of trillions of dong and job losses to 75-80 percent of workers in the field.

Vietnam’s outward investment rebounds
Vietnam’s outward investment rebounds
BUSINESSicon  07/07/2020 

Outward investments, which fell for a short time because of Covid-19, resumed again after the social distancing policy ended.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN